The South Korean city of PyeongChang swept the opening round of voting at the 123rd IOC Session in Durban, South Africa. Needing a 50 per cent majority plus one, PyeongChang amassed an impressive 63 votes in just the first round of voting ahead of Munich, Germany on 25 votes and French city Annecy on seven votes. This meant that no further rounds of voting were required; PyeongChang would host the XXIII Olympic Winter Games.
The PyeongChang 2018 vision is to explore New Horizons. With a budding youth population and a strong strategic position in Asia, PyeongChang hopes the 2018 Games will enable a legacy of new growth and new potential. Located in the Gangwon Province, PyeongChang will present one of the most compact Games in Winter Olympic history.
There will be two central venue clusters in PyeongChang: the Gangneung Coastal Cluster (Speed Skating, Figure Skating, Short Track Speed Skating, Ice Hockey & Curling) and the PyeongChang Alpensia Cluster (Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Ski Jumping, Biathlon, Bobsleigh, Skeleton & Luge). Some Alpine events will also take place at Jeongseon Jungbong, while Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard will be hosted at Bokwang Phoenix Park.